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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - Will the Minister furnish some information concerning the item, " Tourist Bureau - publicity, £200 "? I consider that more publicity could with advantage be given to Canberra other than through its parliamentarians. If we had more of the Yankee " boost " methods, with which Americans advertise their cities, it would be of great benefit to our national capital. Canberra is worthy of advertisement, both for its splendid climate and its scenic attractions. Hundreds of civil servants have been transferred here, and in the course of time it will be difficult for them to find avenues for employment for their children unless Canberra can be developed. I sincerely believe that this city can also be made an ideal health resort. Suitable publicity of its various attractions could be given through the medium of the Tourist Bureau, hut evidently less money is to be spent this year than last year in this direction.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The visitors to Canberra are its best advertisement.

Senator BROWN - Admittedly tourists are one means of advertising Canberra ; but I consider that it is necessary to have an established, efficient publicity bureau to make known far and wide the beauties of the national capital.

Senator Badman - Before tourists will come the railway service to Canberra will have to be improved.

Senator BROWN - Even now, mort tourists are visiting Canberra than can be accommodated. One honorable senator was turned out of his hotel last night owing to lack of accommodation, which demonstrates that even gentlemen who art here regularly cannot always find lodgings. If Canberra is to be developed as a city, apart from its purpose as the seat of government, greater publicity should be given to it. I am making a plea for efficient publicity, and I believe that I have the support of all honorable senators.

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